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Out of the total land area of approximately 28,316,000 square kilometers in Acholi, only 21.5 percent is registered land with titles, while the remaining land is classified as customary land. Additionally, government-controlled land, managed by the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), amounts to 2,488 square kilometers.
A think tank pressure group comprised of
indigenous elite Acholi political and social change activists has demanded the
cancellation of all titles acquired through fraudulent sales of customary land
in the region. This group, known as Ribbe Pi Paco – RPP, loosely translated as
“Unity for Home Safeguard,” includes former Members of Parliament, current
legislators, lawyers, academics, religious figures, cultural leaders, and civil
Their primary argument is that customary land, governed by the
customary land tenure system in the country, is not for sale. Therefore, any
titles acquired under such arrangements are considered null and void, and they
insist that these land sales must be reversed to leasehold status.
Out of the total land area of approximately 28,316,000 square
kilometers in Acholi, only 21.5 percent is registered land with titles, while
the remaining land is classified as customary land. Additionally,
government-controlled land, managed by the National Forestry Authority (NFA)
and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), amounts to 2,488 square kilometers.
The group disclosed that there are currently 5,494 land titles
in Acholi, comprising titled land spanning 610,110 acres. In contrast, there
are only 3,419 leasehold titles, with durations of 49 and 99 years, across all
the districts in Acholi, including Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Agago, Lamwo, Amuru,
Nwoya, and Omoro. Freehold land titles amount to 2,070, while certificates of
customary ownership (CCO) total 11,080, with Nwoya having the largest share at
8,000, followed by Agago with 1,820, and Pader with 1,260, among others.
Samuel Odonga-Otto, the former Aruu County Member of Parliament,
spoke on behalf of the group, highlighting that several individuals, including
high-ranking government officials, have irregularly purchased customary land in
Acholi and obtained titles in violation of Article 237 of the Constitution and
Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Land Act, 1998.
in; “Article 237 oyee ni…
Cue out… luwil owilo yamo,’’//
The group coordinates its activities through a WhatsApp group,
and one of its top priorities is urging the government to expedite
interventions to resolve a decade-long dispute over land ownership in Apaa,
which has resulted in deadly conflicts between the Acholi and Madi ethnic
in; “Ci dong waloko…
Cue out… luwil owilo yamo,’’//
Odonga-Otto explained that he was invited to a meeting in Nwoya
District by Gen. Salim Saleh, the Director of Operation Wealth Creation, to
discuss their demands. Regarding the Apaa conflict, he criticized President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for declaring the disputed area as part of the Adjumani
The group is also calling for the immediate removal of the Balalo
pastoralists who have invaded Acholi districts for years to graze their
livestock without permission, posing security threats. Despite numerous
presidential directives for the nomads to leave the region, they have remained. Odonga-Otto stated that if the pastoralists failed to vacate the
region after the expiry of the three-month extended Executive Order, the RPP
would mobilize the masses to protest.
in; “Dok atito ni …
Cue out… tum wa itum dwe,’’//
Former Democratic Party (DP) Spokesperson Mwaka Emmanuel
Lutukumoi, currently based in the U.S., emphasized that the social injustices
occurring in the Acholi sub-region necessitate a comprehensive meeting to
address emerging socio-economic and political concerns within the post-war
The think tank is actively raising financial
resources to convene an assembly of all 56 clan chiefs of Acholi, led by the
Paramount Chief, Rwot David Onen Acana II, to collectively address the emerging
issues and devise appropriate remedies.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.